Training In NMT Trauma-Informed Practice

 "TRICKY KIDS"

 

In recent years, we have become increasingly aware of the need for training for those

working with children (and adults) with a background of trauma and abuse in a variety

of settings such as Out of Home Care, child care settings, schools, juvenile justice and 

Drug and Alcohol residential programmes. In response to this, we have developed a

flexible training programme to meet the needs of those working with vulnerable children.

The NMT model is an invaluable approach to helping workers better understand and

meet the needs of vulnerable children. 

Developed by Dr Bruce Perry, neuro-scientisist, child psychiatrist and Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, Texas USA, the world’s best practice Neurosequential Model (NMT) is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children which provides a way to organize the child’s history and interpret current functioning. “The NMT integrates several core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology into a comprehensive approach to the child, family and their broader community. The NMT process helps match the nature and timing of specific therapeutic techniques to the developmental stage of the child, and to the brain region and neural networks that are likely mediating the neuropsychiatric problems.” www.childtrauma.org. (see Perry, 2006; Perry and Hambrick, 2008; Perry, 2009).

TRICKY KIDS: 2 DAY TRAINING PROGRAMME SUMMARY

DAY 1: UNDERSTANDING THE NEUROSCIENCE IMPACTING “TRICKY KIDS” - WHY CHALLENGING KIDS BEHAVE AS THEY DO: A TRAUMA INFORMED/ NMT PERSPECTIVE

At the end of Day 1 it is hoped that participants will have an understanding of:

  •  how early developmental trauma impacts the developing brain and contributes to the social, emotional, behavioural and learning challenges seen in children who have experienced neglect and abuse. The neuroscience behind their behaviour will be presented in an easy to understand way.

  • brain organisation from an NMT perspective and how different systems of the brain are impacted by trauma in different ways depending upon the nature, severity and timing of the trauma.

  • The stress response, how it becomes overdeveloped in traumatised children and the way this impacts future functioning

  • The importance of “state of arousal” in understanding tricky kids

  • Self regulation: what is it and the importance of somato sensory strategies in helping traumatised children

  • “Bottom UP” versus “Top Down” strategies to help with self regulation

  • The vital role of relationship in working with tricky kids.
     

DAY 2: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF THE NMT INFORMED APPROACH WITH CHILDREN

Day 2 will focus on how we translate the knowledge gained from Day 1 into practical strategies in working with “tricky kids”

  • Setting Up a trauma informed environment (day care setting, classroom, home, residential setting)

  • Incorporating regulation strategies into  a child’s day/week

  • Building relationship with kids who can be hard to connect to

  • Managing “behaviour” in kids with a trauma background

Participants will spend time in our “Engine Room” which is used daily by our children and families. This is a large space with a multitude of somatosensory experiences set up for children to help with their self regulation. Whilst we realise most settings will not be able to replicate this room, participants will take away very practical ideas for how they might utilise some of the strategies and activities in their own work/ home environment.

Participants are encouraged to bring along case studies to discuss in Day 2.

TRICKY KIDS: 1 DAY TRAINING FOR REFERRERS TO THE OOHC PROGRAM

MORNING SESSION: FROM NEUROSCIENCE TO THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION - THE THEORY BEHIND THE NMT METRIC

At the end of the morning it is hoped that participants will have an understanding of:

  • brain organisation from an NMT perspective and how different systems of the brain are impacted by trauma in different ways depending upon the nature, severity and timing of the trauma.

  • The stress response, how it becomes overdeveloped in traumatised children and the way this impacts future functioning

  • The importance of “state of arousal” in understanding tricky kids

  • Self regulation: what is it and the importance of somato sensory strategies in helping traumatised children

  • The vital role of relationship in working with tricky kids.
     

AFTERNOON SESSION: INTERPRETING THE NMT ASSESSMENT REPORT AND SUPPORTING RECOMMENDATIONS

  •  Understanding developmental risk and relational health

  • Understanding current functional status in terms of sensory integration, self regulation, relational functioning and cognitive functioning

  • Further individualising strategies based on the child’s “brain map” and play preferences

  • Incorporating regulation strategies into  a child’s day/week

  • “Bottom UP” versus “Top Down” strategies to help with self regulation

  • Understanding whether a child is “ready” for more cognitive interventions

  • Supporting foster carers and teachers to implement strategies
     

N.B If you have a group of 8 or more workers we can discuss coming to you to do the training.   

For further information about our training programme please call Kerry Gwynne on 02 9951 0366 or

email kerry.gwynne@health.nsw.gov.au

Call us:

61 2 9951 0365

Find us: The Dalwood Spilstead

Parents In Action Group

21 Dalwood Avenue Seaforth 2092 Sydney Australia 

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